The Calatrava range has always been at the forefront of Patek Philippe's collection. Its seemingly 'simple' yet distinctive aesthetics give its unparalleled elegance. The reference 3802 here, cased in 18k yellow gold is no exception.
Upon close inspection, one will come to realise and appreciate the sophistication behind this piece. The unique hobnail bezel is finished at the highest level, giving this sheen.
The front of the lugs are polished and the sides of the lugs and the case are brushed. The crown is decorated with the Calatrava emblem just like other Pateks.
I am pretty sure that many of the fortunate souls who had the pleasure of getting their hands on a Patek will agree with me in saying that the thing that amazes us most about Patek Philippe is their inordinate attention to minor details. I really believe that Patek are one the very few fine watch houses that have truly mastered the art of perfecting the fundamentals - and this probably is one of the reasons why Patek Philippe as a brand is so highly regarded by many in the watch community.
This rule applies to the inside as well. The movement that powers 3802 is Patek's in-house, Geneva-sealed automatic caliber 315sc*, which beats at 21,600vph. Often the finish on the movement translates into its reliability: this particular 3802 has been in our family possession for almost 20 years with fairly regular usage but till this day, it had never once gone back to the Patek workshop.
Even though the user of this piece has a few other Patek selections, including the Perpetual Calender 3940 in Platinum with roman numerals, he strongly feels that the 3802 is the most usable. Its understated suaveness, the size and the reliability make it so usable as a daily watch, whether you are just having a typical day or going abroad on a business trip.
*More on caliber 315sc: http://www.thepurists.net/patrons/members/wsw/ppforum/sil05/pp_technew.htm